Found January 08, 2014 on Oregon Sports News:
Saying goodbye to the Bowl Championship Series era of college football means saying hello to the reasons Oregon played Texas in the Alamo Bowl on 12/30/13. The troubling question is how did the 10-2 Ducks, #2 in the PAC-12, end up playing the 8-4 Texas Longhorns who finished #3 in the Big 12? If you answer, "Arizona," you're not digging hard enough. Oregon's year ended with a #10 ranking in the BCS. Texas? Not in the top 25. How did a team so far off the BCS radar end up with Oregon for a Texas in-state bowl game? Somehow #11 Oklahoma jumped up, way up, and played #3 Alabama. They rolled the Tide all the way back to Tuscaloosa in the Sugar Bowl. Talk about league 'tie-ins' all you want, but a lower ranking team shouldn't jump eight places based on tradition. Or how well their fans travel. Would the Oregon team that showed up against Texas beat Oklahoma or Alabama? Sooner Coach Bob Stoops gave the right answer with, "We didn...
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